Department of German and Russian Studies

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Established in August 2006, the Department of German and Russian Studies is the youngest department in the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs. Our faculty consists of six full-time roster faculty and several adjunct instructors of German and Russian. Both programs offer a full range of extra-curricular activities in which students and faculty participate. We encourage you to explore the reasons for studying these languages, and please talk with us about the numerous opportunities we offer.

Department Spotlight

 The American Association of Teachers of German has designated the College of Charleston German studies program a German Center of Excellence.  Read this article
Spotlight PortraitStephen Della Lana
Coordinator, Cultural Vistas Summer Internship in Germany
Read this article on Professor Della Lana's successful summer internship program.

Department Highlights

Dr. Irina ErmanDr. Irina Erman
Director of Russian Studies Program
Read this interview with Dr. Erman

Department News

Jeffrey Werth ’25, double major in German Studies and Systems Engineering, participates in semester-long co-op at the BMW Group Headquarters in Munich.
Posted on 18 April 2024 | 9:54 am
This spring, German Studies and Systems Engineering double major Jeffrey Werth is completing an immersive 7-month combined study and co-op experience in Munich, Germany! It began with a six-week intensive language course at the Goethe Institute in Munich and has now transitioned to a 5-month internship at BMW in Munich! In the summer of 2023 […]
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Jeffrey Werth ’25 (Systems Engineering and German Studies) interns with BMW in Spartanburg
Posted on 18 July 2023 | 2:24 pm
While a group of our German Studies majors intern in Germany this summer, others are gaining valuable experience and using their German right here in South Carolina! Systems Engineering and German Studies double major Jeffrey Werth ’25 has been entering with the Purchasing Department of BMW in Spartanburg, SC, the largest BMW plant in the […]
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Andreas Dilling ’24 (Computer Science and German Studies) interns at Robert Bosch Gmbh in Plochingen
Posted on 27 June 2023 | 1:05 pm
This summer, Computer Science and German Studies double major Andreas Dilling is interning at Bosch in Plochingen, Germany (near Stuttgart). Andreas has been working with the vehicle diagnostics software team, or “diax team,” where he has been pursuing a project to help the team specialize their vehicle diagnostics. He’s been having a wonderful experience and […]
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